Is 2012 the year of Guy Pearce? The star of L.A. Confidential and Memento has been kicking around Hollywood for a while, and has yet to achieve the fame he so rightly deserves. Perhaps he’s about to become the face of science fiction, as he’s got a role in Ridley Scott‘s Prometheus, and is leading up Lockout, a futuristic Sci-fi thriller from the Luc Besson factory. Check out the trailer…

James Mather and Stephen St. Leger wrote and directed the film, which also stars Maggie Grace and Peter Stormare. From the trailer you can get that the filmmakers were deeply influenced by Escape From New York. In fact the film looks like the fan-fiction version of a third film in that series, in that it puts its Snake Plissken-y character (here named Snow) into a maximum security facility (here in space) to take care of a president’s daughter. Hopefully there will be no basketball.

This looks thoroughly ridiculous in the right way, which will know for sure when the film opens on April 20. It’s also nice to see that the effects work look good in the space sequences (the motorcycle stuff is a bit dodgy), because – as an international production – it’s hard to know how much money they had. Still, it gives good Guy Pearce.

Are you down for some Lockout?